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The Nearness of You

ImageWhat's the connection between Frank Sinatra and Mickey Rooney?

Oh, that's easy. They were both married to Ava Gardner.

What's the connection between Frank Sinatra and William Shakespeare?

Hmm, well, lemme see... Sinatra and Billy May made a marvelous record of "Falling In Love With Love", introduced by Muriel Angelus in the Broadway show The Boys from Syracuse, which was Rodgers & Hart and George Abbott's version of the Bard's Comedy of Errors. And Frank produced an entire album devoted to Kiss Me, Kate, which is Cole Porter's play-within-a-play take on The Taming of the Shrew. And he recorded Hamlet's soliloquy. Well, okay, just one line of it...

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Cry Havoc! And Let Slip the Dogs of Warm...

I didn't quite believe it when I heard that America's commander-in-chief had addressed the graduating class of the Coast Guard Academy and delivered a speech about climate change. But it's true: This brings me to the challenge I want to focus on today -- one where our Coast Guardsmen are already on the front lines, and that, perhaps more than any other, will shape your entire careers -- and that's the urgent need to combat and adapt to climate change. What a bore this time of year is. There ...

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On the Air

"Are You Dumber Than a Box of Rocks?"

On Tuesday night I swung by the Hannity show on Fox News to chew over the latest revelations re Hillary Clinton, her simulacrum of a "presidential campaign", her phony "charitable foundation", her latest illegal private email account, etc, etc. Jeff Foxworthy, host of "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?", was also on the show, and I suggested to Sean that Hillary's campaign was a brand new series: "Are You Dumber Than A Box of Rocks?" - because that's what she's evidently figurea the American ...

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Buy George, He's Got It!

Tonight, Tuesday, I'll be joining Hannity on Fox News to discuss the latest revelations re designated President-in-Waiting Hillary Clinton. Hope you can tune in - 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific. ~On a related subject, a few days ago I gave my take on the George Stephanopoulos scandal: Only under the peculiarities of America's mainstream media could you have an interviewer interviewing a man who has written a book disclosing the dodgy donations to the Clinton Foundation without the interviewer ...

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Rock City, The Casbah

When I first saw this New York Times headline - "Let Syrians Settle Detroit" - I confess I misconstrued it as a proposal to let the post-industrial dystopia's fate be settled by some grand Hunger Games proxy war fought by Iran-backed thugs with chemical weapons and blood-soaked ISIS armies full of gung-ho western jihadists. But no, the Times wants to move bazillions of Syrian refugees in to revitalize the Motor City, and thereby, as Tim Blair's droll headline suggests, turn Motown into Motown: ...

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The Hugh Hewitt Show

Latin Lessons and Greeks Bearing Gifts

My weekly date with Hugh Hewitt was a zippy romp through the news of the day...

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The Science is Settled!

I've had a fun time out on the Earth Day airwaves talking about Climate Change: The Facts. That's the new book featuring me and some of the world's most eminent scientists...

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Mann vs Steyn

Football and Hockey

The Corner post that launched a lawsuit...

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Five Years Ago

"There Is No More Molly." Or Luz.

Five years ago, a cartoonist with The Seattle Weekly, shocked by the way Comedy Central had censored "South Park" after the usual threats from violent Muslims, proclaimed May 20th as "Everybody Draw Mohammed" Day. What was novel about this particular promotion was that the cartoonist, Molly Norris, was not a "right-wing" "Islamophobe" but a liberal progressive, and therefore a rare if not all but unique example of a feminist leftie recognizing that the Islamic enforcers were a threat to her way of life. This was a very welcome development.

Unfortunately, Miss Norris was not so much recognizing reality as blissfully unaware of it. When the backlash against her idea began, she disassociated herself from it and signed off with - Lord help us - a peace symbol. We had some correspondence on the matter, and I write about her in The [Un]documented Mark Steyn (personally autographed copies of which are exclusively available and help to prop up my own free-speech campaign against the climate mullahs) in a chapter entitled "There Is No More Molly"...

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Steyn on the World

Nothing Another 42,000 Airstrikes Can't Fix

At Friday's Department of Defense press briefing, Brigadier General Thomas Weidley gave it the full Baghdad Bob: In Ramadi, after a period of relative stability in the tactical situation, Daesh [Isis] executed a complex attack on Iraqi Security Forces today. These forces were able to repel most of these attacks, but some gains were made by Daesh in previously contested areas... Iraqi Security Forces, as well as federal and local police, continue to control most of the key facilities, ...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

I'll Be Around

ImageIn the pithy summation of Terry Teachout, Alec Wilder "spent his life looking for cracks to fall through". Back in the days when we still had record stores, he didn't quite fit the pop bins or the classical bins or the jazz bins. Which is why, if you're hung up on categorization, it's easier to leave him out of the store altogether...

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On the Town

WHAM!!!!!

The Avengers: Age of Ultron has opened, heralding the start of yet another superhero summer at the multiplex. Rick McGinnis writes about the age of the comic-book movie here, and I've expressed my disquiet about the damage to heroism that comes when you prefix it with "super-". But they're all that's keeping the big studios in business these days, and the new Avengers movie is likely to be one of the biggest-grossing of all time. Captain America, the Mighty Thor, Iron-Man... They're bringing in ...

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Ave atque vale

He Stayethed.

Mark remembers Stan Cornyn, master of the lost art of liner notes

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